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Can See Tons Of Fish But Can't Catch?

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So me and my so. Fished a local canal here in fl today. It was unusually high, it is right along a gulf course. Man I could seen tons of bass of all sizes . Threw trick worms, yum dingers, and super flukes of different colors and different retrieves. And threw a rooster tail. Sun was shining 63 degrees out only got one to bite right in front of me at the bank but man I had to persuade him and let him have it and open the bail on the reel and let him swim to swallow it. A cool front settled in yesterday with some rain Friday. But man this was torture lol

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Dude that isn't torture.  At least you have a chance to catch bass.  My waters are iced up.  No sympathy here.

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Torture? Try fishing Erie with a 25mph winds.... then talk to me about torture.....

Lol, all kidding aside, that can be super tough. My best lockjaw bass baits are a swim jig or a trick work rigged Texas style with a nail weight inserted into the center. Or, try a wacky jighead and a 6" finesse worm. Good luck!

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Man dingers and trick worms t rigged are my go to confidence bait. These things where lock jawed bad

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Torture it is. Best advice I ever heard was; ' if you can see the dis, they can see you'. Trust me when I say they are more interested and concerned with your presence than any bait that goes by.

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Sight fishing can be a lot of fun, or very frustrating. Oftentimes fish will smack my bait away w/their tail rather than strike it to get it away.

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Lol this was only the second time I've fished this bank that borders a golf course it's not very wide. I guess I'll have to work it length wise more than across so they don't see me

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6lb fluoro, #2 drop shot hooks, zoom finesse worms wacky rigged and super fluke jrs nose hooked.

 

LONG casts

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Try fishing a big bass bash, where one big fish can land you $70k, and seeing 5-7#ers on the bank and know that you could throw anything at them but they ain't eating!!! Total torture!

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Try a finess worm on a drop-shot rig. You can hover and twitch it in front of their nose, and eventually a few of them should eat.

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Try getting further away from the fish ... What kind of clothes are you wearing ?

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Yeah I. Gonna fish up the canal kinda throw down the length of it. General jeans and a brown hoodie sweater and Camo hat

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Recently had this same situation in south Florida. Outboard was in the mechanic so I went out to a golf course pond which usually produces big fish. Seeing big fish all over the place. After an hour of no fish most fishermen would down size lures, I normally would do that also but this time I tied the biggest fluke I had the 7 inch magnum weightless... I think I could've caught every fish in that pond.. Ended the day with a lot of fish and even more questions. I wondered why they would hit the bigger presentation if they were so sluggish and lethargic to begin with.

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Wow. That is interesting. I didn't know to down size lures if there lock jawed. That's great to know

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In Florida (where I grew up) i fish really big lures or really small ones mostly lol

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I like to stay on the bigger side on most of my lures.most of the time I fish it's out in the glades and the bass out there have a serious case of Napoleon complex.. Lol

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Did you try burning a lure as fast as you could ?

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No I didnt. Only real lures I've used besides soft plastics is rooster tails, and some rattle traps. I haven't caught a d**n thing on the rattle traps tho.

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Sometimes it works. A rooster Tail would be a good one to try if you can keep it from breaking the surface . Might have to weight it a little .

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It has done pretty well for me. I'm gonna Ben tying some frogs and chatter sits this weekend

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when I see them but cant catch them I throw weightless trick worms and finesse worms, this usually works to catch cursers. If you see fish on top there will usually be fish below them and the fish below are more inclined to bite.

 

Good Luck!!!

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